Prepare for Annabelle - Here are 7 creepy horror movies with dolls

Annabelle is set to hit cinemas on Thursday (Oct 2), so let's prepare ourselves by taking a look back at all the dolls that have scared us in the past.

Annabelle is about to hit cinemas on Thursday (Oct 2). 

It tells the tale of a doll, purchased by an unsuspecting husband for his pregnant wife, turning the family's lives into hell on earth of it's possessed by an entity left behind by members of a satanic cult. 

Yes, we think you will need some prep before you go watch this flick - it's a spin-off of last year's hair-raising horror flick The Conjuring, and you remember how much you screamed while watching that one, right? 

Here are seven other freaky dolls to remind you what you're about to get yourself into ...

1. Poltergeist (1982)

The Clown Doll was a minor antagonist in the horror film Poltergeist, but boy was it scary

Poltergeist saw a suburban California family have their home invaded by ghosts that abduct the family's younger daughter.


2. Child's Play (1988)

Nobody would ever forget Chucky would they? Chucky tells the tale of a notorious serial killer whose spirit inhabits a Good Guy doll and tries to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body, in this case a six-year-old boy. 

Need we say more?

3. Dolly Dearest (1991)

The father of a family in the US becomes the new owner of the Dolly Dearest factory. The factory is located near the tomb of Sanzia (meaning Satan on Earth) that is believed to be from a Mayan Cult.

Naturally, an evil spirit trapped in the tomb is released after a curious archaeologist breaks in and ends up getting himself killed. The evil spirit ends up finding refuge inside many dolls within the factory including one that is gifted to the new owner's daughter.

4. May (2002)

May Dove Canady is a very awkward young woman who turns to only one true friend that she has, a glass-encased doll named Suzie.


5. Saw (2004)

The first film in the series revolves around Adam Whannell and Lawrence Elwes - two men who are chained in a dilapidated underground bathroom - and are each given instructions via a microcassette recorder explaining how to escape. 

The instructions they need to survive are given through their torturer's beloved doll (on a bicycle), Jigsaw. 


6. Dead Silence (2007)

Jamie Ashen and his wife Lisa receive a mysterious ventriloquist doll, Billy, in an unmarked package. Isn't that bad news already?

But no, Jamie forgets about the doll, and leaves it around the house.

Lisa plays around with Billy and poses in the mirror.

Guess what happens to Lisa after?


7. The Conjuring (2013)

Where the Annabelle magic first happened. 

The 2013 hit tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren - world renowned paranormal investigators - who are called to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. 



So, ready yet?

Asian Games: ...and Raynn makes it 6 medals for S'pore in sailing!

Raynn Kwok (left) with fellow national Optimist sailor Jodie Lai.
Raynn Kwok (left) with fellow national Optimist sailor Jodie Lai.

Boys' Optimist sailor Raynn Kwok has added a silver medal to Singapore's medal tally at the Asian Games in Incheon.

The 12-year-old lodged a successful protest after the 12th and final race of the regatta, nudging him into a podium spot with 36 points from fourth place.

South Korea's Park Sung Bin clinched gold with 16 points while Thailand's Yampinid Suthon claimed the bronze with 37 points.

His medal is Singapore's sixth silver and adds to the two gold, one silver and two bronze won by the Republic's sailing contingent.

Related report: Asian Games: 5-medal haul for sailors

PayPal to split from eBay next year

US online auction giant eBay on Tuesday agreed to shareholders’ requests for a split, making its highly profitable PayPal brand into an independent company starting next year.

US online auction giant eBay on Tuesday agreed to shareholders’ requests for a split, making its highly profitable PayPal brand into an independent company starting next year.

Current eBay shareholders will receive stock in the future PayPal in proportion to their current holdings, the company said in a statement.

The split will give shareholders “more targeted investment opportunities” and will increase the value of the company over the long term, the statement said.

Rumours of a split had been circulating since August.

eBay said it had made the decision after carefully examining several strategic options available and planned to complete the separation in the second half of next year.

PayPal accounted for 41 per cent of eBay’s revenues last year and has more than 152 million active users.

Source: AFP

Japanese man kicked to death during fight over seats at eatery

A Japanese man kicked a fellow diner at a noodle bar to death before calmly returning to his food. The pair had been fighting over seats at an eatery in Tokyo.

A Japanese man kicked a fellow diner at a noodle bar to death before calmly returning to his food, local media reported on Tuesday.

Shinichiro Imanishi, 37, allegedly threw Mr Hisao Kitajima, 49, to the floor and stomped on him repeatedly, a police spokesman told AFP.

The pair had been fighting over seats at an eatery in Tokyo. 

Trouble erupted when Mr Kitajima pulled a chair which Imanishi was using to rest his foot on, police said.

After the frenzied attack, Imanishi, who weighs 120kg, did nothing to help his victim.

Instead, he ordered a bowl of noodles, local media said.

Died two days later

Mr Kitajima died two days later of his injuries.

Imanishi reportedly told fellow diners that he might as well eat his meal, saying: “I will go to jail. This will be my last supper.”

He was arrested shortly after the incident.

Source: AFP

Holidaying in Thailand? You'll be given a 'safety' wristband with your name, nationality, hotel

Tourists taking photos on the island of Koh Tao. Thailand on Tuesday announced plans to give tourists wristbands carrying their personal details.

Tourists visiting Thailand will be given wristbands carrying their personal details, the country announced on Tuesday.

The wristbands will be distributed by hotels.

Director general of the department of tourism, Mr Arnuparp Gaesornsuwan, said: "If anything happens to them we will then know their names, nationality and hotel."

"We have discussed it with hotel operators and they are willing to do it," he said. "We are not going into their personal information – it’s just the details they have to fill out on the immigration form already."

The new measure comes at a time when the country is under intense scrutiny over visitor safety following the murder of two British holidaymakers.

Tourist police said the safety measure would be voluntary.

Curb partying hours

Commander of the tourist police, Mr Apichai Ti-armataya, said: "In case they (tourists) get drunk and fall asleep on the beach we can bring them back to their hotels."

He said the plan would be rolled out “soon” on popular resort islands such as Koh Tao and Koh Phangan and the tourist beach area of Pattaya.

The department of tourism is also looking to curb partying hours in visitor hotspots.

"Most of tourists are coming here for diving or to admire our nature – not to party,” Mr Arnuparp said.

He said that adding new “zoning” curbs would likely control all-night bars and clubs.

Source: AFP

Pressure? War in Iraq is pressure, not football, says under-fire Mignolet

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is not letting his critics get to him.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is not letting his critics get to him.

Simon Mignolet might be under fire from his critics, but at least the Liverpool goalkeeper isn't being peppered by a hail of gunfire.

Several media reports have suggested that the Reds are closing on the signature of former Barcelona custodian Victor Valdes to rival Mignolet for the No. 1 spot at Anfield.

Despite being criticised by several outlets - including retired Liverpool great Jamie Carragher - for his poor performances in the English Premier League where he has conceded nine goals in six games, the 26-year-old isn't worried by his detractors or the Valdes talk.

He dismissed pressure in football as nothing compared to what a soldier experiences in war - particularly, in Iraq.

War is pressure

The Belgian said: "Pressure is what is happening in Iraq at the moment when there is a war. That is pressure.

"We are all football players and we are here to do our best. You want to work hard in training and we will see what happens at a weekend.

"I can only do my best, work hard, be positive and confident and I believe in myself. That is the only thing I can do.

"If I have to look into all the people and players who are linked with Liverpool football club then there will be another team on the pitch. It is just the fact that you play for a big club and you have to accept that is the way it is, but I don't read anything into that."

If that sounded a wee bit familiar, that's because it seems like Mignolet took a page out of Jose Mourinho's handbook about dealing with pressure...



Sources: Sky Sports, Mirror Online

WATCH: Drone footage shows scale of Hong Kong protests

Footage of the Hong Kong protests taken from a drone.

Still wondering if the protests in Hong Kong are a big deal?

Drone footage of the protests - dubbed both #OccupyCentral and the #UmbrellaRevolution - from Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily show the massive scale of the protests in Hong Kong's business district. 

Protest organisers say the expect the crowd to swell to over 100,000 tonight (Sept 30) and tomorrow, which is the National Day public holiday, marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist Party rule in China. 

The leaders of the protest have rejected Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying to end the street demonstrations. 

The demonstrations, the worst civil unrest Hong Kong has experienced since its 1997 handover from British rule, were sparked by Beijing’s decision last month to restrict who can stand for the city’s top post.

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S'porean bus driver fined, jailed for bribing a M'sian enforcement officer

Singaporean Tan Choon Kiat, 39, was sentenced to a day in jail and a fine of RM20,000 (S$7,800).

A Singaporean bus driver was sentenced to a day in jail and fined for bribing a Malaysia civil servant.

Tan Choon Kiat, 39, handed a bribe of S$1,250 to Land Public Transport Commission enforcement officer Asmadi Mat to induce him to release a tour bus that had been seized.

The offence was committed at Temptation Pastry Cafe in Taman Daya, Johor Baru at around 4.10pm on May 7 last year.

Tan, who was not represented in court, pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was sentenced to a day in jail and a fine of RM20,000 (S$7,800) in default six-months imprisonment.

Source: The Star

Company behind The Online Citzen website told to register under Broadcasting Act

Screen grab of the website The Online Citizen.

The company behind the website The Online Citizen was told on Tuesday that it needed to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) of the Broadcasting Act, stated a press release by the Media Development Authority (MDA).

MDA said the website "engages in the propagation, promotion or discussion of political issues relating to Singapore".

It said that as the company, The Opinion Collaborative, is "susceptible to foreign influence through the receipt of foreign funding​", MDA will require it to undertake not to receive foreign funding.

"MDA’s registration requirement seeks to uphold the principle that politics must remain a matter for Singapore and Singaporeans alone," the statutory board​ said.

It added that as with other registered sites such as The Independent and, the registration will not affect what The Online Citizen may publish on its website.


Asian Games: 5-medal haul for sailors

National Optimist sailor Jodie Lai celebrates after winning gold at the Asian Games.
National Optimist sailor Jodie Lai celebrates after winning gold at the Asian Games.

Singapore's sailors bagged five medals at the Asian Games in Incheon today (Sept 30).

Girls' Optimist sailor Jodie Lai as well as women's 420 duo Kimberly Lim and Savannah Siew clinched gold in their respective fleets while Priscilla Low and Cecilia Low won the women's 29er silver.

Rounding out the medals were men's Laser sailor Colin Cheng and men's 420 representatives Loh Jia Yi and Jonathan Yeo, who took bronze.

The sailors' haul takes Singapore's medal tally at the Asiad to four gold, five silver and 11 bronze.

The Republic is still in contention for a medal in the J80 match racing category, with the crew in the semi-finals with Japan, Malaysia and South Korea.

The finals will take place on Wednesday.